• Double Homicide Suspect Arrested

    SHELTON, Wash. – A man suspected of fatally shooting two people in Shelton is now in custody.

    Police say 22-year-old Charles Longshore of Shelton was arrested around 2 a.m. Friday on a highway near Shelton. He’s accused of killing 19-year-old Tyler Drake and 37-year-old Anitrea (Roxy) Leigh Taber over a debt. Their bodies were found Monday.

    Two others accused of rendering criminal assistance are also in the Mason County Jail.

    Les Watson with the Shelton Police Department tells us with the assistance of information developed by the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force and the Department of Corrections Community Response Unit, Charles Sydney Longshore was located and taken into custody around 1:45 Friday morning.
    He is currently at the Shelton Police Department and will soon be transferred to the Mason County Jail.
    The black Hyundai Santa Fe mentioned in an earlier press release was located in Centralia and stopped by Officers from the Centralia Police Department and Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputies. Although Longshore had been in the Hyundai for much of the past two days, he was not in it at the time that vehicle was located in Centralia.
    Further information was developed that led Officers to believe that Longshore might be in a black Mitsubishi. The Mitsubishi was spotted traveling N/B on Hwy 101 just south of Shelton by a Mason County Deputy. Deputies, along with Troopers from the Washington State Patrol, affected a traffic stop on the Mitsubishi and took Longshore into custody without incident. The female driver of the Mitsubushi is being detained for questioning.
    Watson said the successful apprehension of Longshore was accomplished with assistance and interaction by a number of agencies to include the US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, Department of Corrections Community Response Unit, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Shelton Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Portland Police Bureau, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Centralia Police Department, Squaxin Island Police Department, McCleary Police Department, WESTNET and the Skokomish Department of Public Safety.

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  • Federal High Speed Rail Funding Coming to Washington

    OLYMPIA – Federal and state officials signed documents Thursday that guarantee Washington state will get $145 million in high-speed-rail funding originally intended for Ohio and Wisconsin.  Washington was initially awarded this portion of federal funding in late 2010 when the U.S. Department of Transportation redirected money returned by governors in Ohio and Wisconsin.


    Thursday’s signatures by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) allow project teams to move forward and start work on improving and expanding Amtrak Cascades service in Washington.


    The $145 million adds to $590 million already obligated by the FRA, bringing Washington state’s total to approximately $735 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) high-speed-rail funding. On April 4, WSDOT submitted an application for a $120 million portion of funds returned by Florida.

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  • North Beach Area State Parks CAMP Public Meeting

    CENTRALIA, Wash. – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at the Fox Theatre, 119 South Tower Avenue, Centralia, Washington.
    At the meeting the Commission will consider adopting or approving the agenda item.  The item does not have a specific time at the meeting.  Members of the public are welcome to attend and will have an opportunity to provide comment. Written comments received by noon on Monday, November 30, will be provided to the Commission before the meeting.
    If you wish to receive a copy of this agenda item or provide written comments, please contact Nata Hurst Hovis at:
    Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
    P.O. Box 42650              
    Olympia, WA 98504-2650
    Phone: (360) 902-8638    
    FAX: (360) 586-0207
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  • Grays Harbor College named one of Washington’s 27 most military friendly

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – On the heels of its ranking as top community college in Washington state last month, Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen has again made a national list.
    Twenty-seven Washington community and technical colleges are among the top military friendly schools in the nation according to Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel that are transitioning to civilian life.

    The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list released this week honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that do the most to ensure the success of military service members, veterans, and spouses. Grays Harbor College offers many programs and support staff to help local military students be successful.

    Victory Media compiled the list through research and data-driven analysis of surveys from more than 10,000 federal Department of Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide, along with a survey of more than 4,000 student veterans. The results were independently audited by national accounting firm Ernst & Young. Washington’s community and technical colleges were among 1,818 schools nationwide to make the list.

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  • Child Drowns in Chehalis River

    Boistfort, WA – Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 100 block of Ceres Hill Road, in Boistfort, at approximately 1636 hours on May 4, 2012, after an 8 year old boy’s mother reported him missing from their residence.
    Deputies trained in swift water rescue located the boy approximately an hour later 1/4 of a mile down river on a gravel bar in the middle of the river. Lewis County Fire District’s 6, 13, and AMR (American Medical Response) also assisted in the rescue.
    CPR was immediately initiated and continued while the boy was transported to Centralia Providence Hospital. He was pronounced deceased at approximately 1905 hours.
    An investigation into the incident is being conducted.

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  • DNR sets open house meetings to discuss program that compensates small forest landowners for costs of regulation

    OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced three open house meetings around the state to discuss improvements and changes to the selection process for the Forestry Riparian Easement Program (FREP). DNR will take the input from these meetings to draft recommendations that it will present to the state legislature by October 1, 2010.

    The Forestry Riparian Easement Program (FREP) compensates eligible small forest landowners for 50 percent to 80 percent of the marketable timber that they must leave unharvested due to state forest practices rules that protect forests and fish. The landowner still owns the property and retains full access, but has “leased” the trees and their important riparian functions, such as clean water and fish habitat, to the state.


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